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Quick Title Notes (Inspirations, Archetypes)

Title Notes. I'm developing added explanation pages for each book or novel. Important to know: some of my works, while always fresh and original, are inspired by great films or novels. The best authors from Ovid to Shakespeare and beyond have taken archetypes (stories so fundamental to the human psyche that they beg to be retold) and created fresh, original new works from them.

For example, Shakespeare borrowed heavily for Romeo & Juliet. Ovid, writing during the time of Augustus and Jesus, borrowed heavily from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey (c750 BCE) to write the Aeneid. There are a vast number of examples, so I am in good company. The key is to take an archetype and not imitate, but to create something entirely new, fresh, and original.

"Fresh and original" is how Library Journal in their 2003 highly positive review praised my SF novel Robinson Crusoe 1,000,000 A.D. (which owes inspiration to Daniel Defoe's 1719 classic, as well as the 1964 cult classic SF film Robinson Crusoe on Mars).

Likewise, my DarkSF San Diego novel Doom Spore owes some of its spirit to Jack Finney's 1955 classic novel Body Snatchers, made and remade in film starting with the great 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir. Don Siegel).

I'll develop these facts and ideas from literary history further as I build this webplex. Please stay tuned, and thanks. As an added note, regarding San Diego and Coronado titles, know that the Hotel del Coronado (where my 1892 true crime/famous ghost legend has its origins) was the setting of Richard Matheson's 1975 time travel fantasy Bid Time Return, which was made into the enjoyable 1980 romance fantasy film Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.


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